Last Thursday I had to attend an all day training at the Police Academy. I was up early enough to eat a sandwich an grab a cup of coffee so I would be ready when the officer came to pick me up at 8 am. I was fine until about 10 am when I felt myself getting low. During the break I got my kit and went in the ladies room and tested. When I returned I was digging in my purse looking for my candy when I realized it was on the table at home. I dug in another section of my purse and found my sisters M&M's. (her hands were full when we got out of the car the night before so I dropped them in my purse). I pulled them out and was eating them. My Major asked if I was okay. I told him my blood sugar was getting low but the candy would help.
By lunch i was ready for my baked chicken breast and pickled beets I packed for lunch. I also packed a small cup of pineapple chunks. I at the pineapple then remembered I ate the candy. I thought my blood sugar would get high because of that but it didn't. I made it through the training with no other problems and called my sister and told her to get herself some M&Ms.
Now I have a sign on the inside of my front door that says do you have candy or Levelife? I put a pack of Levelife in the pocket of my lunch container and I added some mints with sugar.
One of the Operations Commanders stayed in the room with those of us who didn't want to go out to lunch. We asked if he was going to eat. He said he woke up and his blood sugar was at 206. At the break it was down to 188. He is newly diagnosed and was terrified to eat. The diabetics in the room told him to eat something anyway. He didn't know he could eat if he was high. One of the other people gave him two of his chicken wings. I told him to remove the skin and eat it. He went and got water. All of the diabetics in the room gave him tips.
I got his email address and sent him some of the titles of the books I read. I get an email back from him this morning and he is reading and learning. He found out his mother in law has been T2 for years and he said she has been a great help and he appreciated all of the advice he got from us.
This is why you should never be ashamed to let anyone know you are diabetic. You never know when you will need help or who will be able to help you.
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